Two Arab political parties have been disqualified from running in Israel's parliamentary elections on February 10 after they were accused of not recognising the country's right to exist.
The panel voted on Monday to back a motion filed by two right-wing parties which also accused the National Democratic Assembly (also known as Balad) and Ra'am-Ta'al of incitement and supporting "terrorist" groups.
Ahmed Tibi and Jamal Zahalka, who lead the two Arab rivals in parliament, joined together in condemning Monday's decision.
"It was a political trial led by a group of fascists and racists who are willing to see the Knesset without Arabs and want to see the country without Arabs," Tibi said.
He said that his Ra'am-Ta'al party intended to petition the supreme court about the decision.
"If the members of the panel had weapons, they would have shot us in the head," Tibi said.
Sounds like the Knesset is filled with Vaders.
Anyways, is there any more information to this story (like an actual reason for banning them)?